Cheminformatics Microservice: unifying access to open cheminformatics toolkits

12 September 2023, Version 2
This content is a preprint and has not undergone peer review at the time of posting.


In recent years, cheminformatics has experienced significant advancements through the development of new open-source software tools based on various cheminformatics programming toolkits. However, adopting these toolkits presents challenges, including proper installation, setup, deployment, and compatibility management. In this work, we present the Cheminformatics Microservice. This open-source solution provides a unified interface for accessing commonly used functionalities of multiple cheminformatics toolkits, namely RDKit, Chemistry Development Kit (CDK), and Open Babel. In addition, more advanced functionalities like structure generation and Optical Chemical Structure Recognition (OCSR) are made available through the Cheminformatics Microservice based on pre-existing tools. The software service also enables developers to extend the functionalities easily and to seamlessly integrate them with existing workflows and applications. It is built on FastAPI and containerized using Docker, making it highly scalable. An instance of the microservice is publicly available at The source code is publicly accessible on GitHub, accompanied by comprehensive documentation, version control, and continuous integration and deployment workflows. All resources can be found at the following link:


Chemistry Development Kit
Open Babel

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